• Act against the proposed outsourcing scheme!
  • Living Wage Jobs! Full Funding for Public Education! Democracy!
  • United we won raises in 2011, 2012 and 2013!
    2012 lobby day participants pose on Capitol Steps.

United Campus Workers unites Tennessee's higher education staff and faculty into a strong voice to address critical issues we face. Our mission is to advance and defend the interests of all Tennessee higher education staff and faculty, as well as promoting solidarity, democracy, and advancing social and economic justice in our workplaces and in our communities.

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The legislative session is over. Finally.

This past session of the Tennessee General Assembly was marked by intense attention to higher education policy—and not in the way we would want. Instead of increased funding for our critical public colleges and universities, living wages for us higher ed workers still working poverty wage jobs, expanded academic programming and access, and real empowerment of the students and communities our schools serve, what did we get? Attacks on diversity. Increased power by politicians over our campuses. Guns on campus. And while the Haslam administration has worked to keep it out of the legislative arena, the threat of outsourcing still looms over us. Here’s a recap of where we’re at. We have a long road ahead to get the change we want, and our union is committed to helping lead a movement for dignity, fairness, and power for campus workers and working people across Tennessee.

UCW Lobby Day & Rally Tuesday, March 8th! RSVP today!
UCW Lobby Day & Rally Tuesday, March 8th! RSVP today!

2016 United Campus Workers Legislative Priorities, 109th General Assembly

Coming to UCW's 2016 Lobby Day & Rally? RSVP here!

Don't know who your elected officials are? Find them here. Enter your address to find your State Legislators (State Senator and Representative), who we are visiting on March 8.

Our state’s public colleges, universities, and higher education institutions are at the heart of our economy, and campus employees—from professors and lecturers, secretaries and custodians, to researchers and counselors, librarians and technicians—are at the forefront of delivering quality education and essential services to Tennesseans from all walks of life. Our working conditions are our state’s learning conditions. 

Here is a breakdown of United Campus Workers' priority bills:


Tennessee is NOT for Sale! What We’ve Done to Fight Governor Haslam's Outsourcing Plan

Since first learning of the previously secret push by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration to outsource the facilities maintenance, management, and security of every piece of state-owned real estate in Tennessee, United Campus Workers - CWA members, leaders, organizers, volunteers and our numerous allies have tirelessly worked to stop these efforts in their tracks. Below is a partial list of actions UCW-CWA has taken over this semester:

August 17: UCW issues Press Release, "State Workers Scrutinize, Worry About Haslam’s Newest Privatization Scheme"

August 18-20: Every regional paper of record across Tennessee learns of the news from United Campus Workers and begins reporting on it

August 31: 1st State-Wide Membership "Town Hall Call" with many hundreds of higher education employees logging in to learn more

September 3: Public Demonstration at UTK with rallies at Cumberland Ave. Pilot Gas Station & UT Knoxville School of Law Building

What are YOU doing to halt Governor Haslam's statewide outsourcing scheme?

United Campus Workers wants to inform you and get your voice heard. In Memphis, in Van Buren County, and all over the state, we stand united to stop Governor Haslam's efforts to outsource. Will you take advantage of one of these upcoming opportunities? Do you have ideas or thoughts you want to share? Have petitions? Get them to us! We will be taking them to Nashville on Friday, October 30! And GET ON THE BUS to deliver them!

October 26-31: #TNisNOTforSALE Statewide Week of Action

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UT Employees Take to the Street Against Haslam’s Outsourcing Scheme

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September 2, 2015

UT Employees Take to the Street Against Haslam’s Outsourcing Scheme

University of Tennessee, Knoxville—Three weeks after discovering Governor Bill Haslam’s secret and controversial scheme to privatize an unprecedented—and unspecified—number of jobs by outsourcing all building maintenance and management in state-owned buildings, public employees threatened by the plan and their allies are continuing to speak out against it. On Thursday, September 3 from 4-6pm, University of Tennessee employees and others will demonstrate along Cumberland Ave. in Knoxville to draw attention to the potential massive cutbacks and job losses that often result from outsourcing. The employees will gather in front of the UT Law School at Cumberland and James Agee, as well as at the Pilot gas station at Cumberland and Volunteer.

Media Release: State Workers Oppose Haslam Outsourcing Scheme

IB ImageState Workers Scrutinize, Worry About Haslam’s Newest Privatization Scheme Nashville—Just two years after embroiling itself in a multi-million dollar privatization scandal with property management corporation Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the Haslam Administration has unveiled a new initiative to privatize all state building management services. On Monday, the Governor’s office issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the “purpose of identifying vendors with the capacity and experience to provide outsourced facilities management services to the state.” The dizzying scope of the RFI threatens to affect public services and tens of thousands of jobs across every county in Tennessee.

Little Fights, Big Change

Union members in Knoxville & Memphis took up some small fights this semester--and won!